Road safety

Achieving significant change in road trauma is a shared responsibility across government, industry and the community to work together.

Everyone has a role to play, from planning and creating a safer transport system through to making the choice to safely travel on the city's transport network.

Gold Coast Road Safety Plan 2015–2020

The Plan provides a blueprint for how City of Gold Coast and key stakeholders will work together to reduce trauma on the city's transport system.

We are implementing sustainable and effective solutions to deliver the City's road safety vision of reducing crashes, saving lives, and preventing serious trauma on the Gold Coast transport network.

Find out more about Gold Coast Road Safety Plan 2015–2020.

Pedestrian safety

If you're a pedestrian walking along our pathways through your neighbourhood, to your school, park or foreshore, it is important to be aware of traffic and surroundings. Never assume a vehicle driver or bicycle rider has seen you.

Find out more about pedestrian safety(PDF, 727KB)

Get home safe initiative

The Gold Coast has a vibrant nightlife and features a range of entertainment options for a great night out with friends or family.

If you're going for a night out, it's easy to think ahead – make sure you plan how to get home safe.

Organise a lift, catch a taxi, rideshare or public transport, designate a driver or stay at a mate's place.

Printable materials for venues and education

Drink driving – Get the facts provides facts, advice, myth busters and tips for keeping safe.

Bicycle safety

The Gold Coast is home to many types of cyclists using the City's paths and roads with a broad range of capabilities and different confidence levels.

Whether you are a cyclist, motorist, or both, we all need to share the road responsibly.

Learn additional safety tips and view maps, see our Gold Coast Cycling(PDF, 15MB) guide.

Road rules for cyclists and motorists

The Queensland Government has road rules in place for cyclists and motorists to keep our roads safe.

New road rules

The Queensland Government has introduced new road rules that set a minimum passing distance and equal fines for motorists and cyclists.

By law, motorists must give cyclists the following passing distance:

Speed zone Passing distance
60km/hr zone or less Minimum of 1 metre
Over 60km/hr Minimum of 1.5 metres

Motorists are allowed to cross centre lines (including double unbroken centre lines, straddle lane-lines or drive-on painted islands) to pass cyclists, provided the driver has a clear view of any approaching traffic and it is safe to do so.

Find out more about bicycle safety(PDF, 1MB)

City's shared paths

In high use areas at peak times, shared paths can be extremely busy. People of all abilities, levels of experience are either walking, running or traveling on bicycles, e-bikes, skateboards, foot scooters or rideables such as e-scooters, e-skateboards and e-unicycles.

Be courteous, keep to the left and slow down:

  • keep left and give way to pedestrians
  • travel at a speed that allows you to stop safely to avoid colliding with a pedestrian
  • travel at a safe distance from a pedestrian so you can avoid a collision
  • keep left of oncoming bicycles and other personal mobility devices
  • pedestrians must not stand still and block the path
  • cyclists must wear a helmet
  • dogs must be kept on a leash.

Thank you for using caution and slowing down.

More guidelines for wheeled devices on paths in Queensland can be viewed at the Queensland Government's web pages for road rules –bicycles, skateboards, foot scooters and similar and non-compliant vehicles and devices. 

Motorcycle safety

Motorcycling on the Gold Coast is unique, from our coast side urban roads to rural hinterland routes. More motorcyclists use our roads and there are many levels of experience:

  • riders new to motorcycle riding
  • riders who have been riding all their lives
  • riders coming back to it after a time away.

On hinterland roads drivers and riders experience a wider variety of road conditions, more roadside and environmental hazards and greater speed variation.

Find out more about motorcycle road safety(PDF, 1MB)

StreetSmarts is a Queensland Government initiative that provides information about motorcycle safety. Here you can access the Queensland Motorcycle Riders' Guide that includes information about rider protection, safe riding, returning riders, motorcycle worthiness, routine motorcycle maintenance and rules and tips for riders.

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads administers licensing.

Youth road safety

Our young people continue to be over-represented in our road trauma statistics.

Young drivers aged between 17 to 24 years are considered one of the most at-risk groups to be involved in crashes on our roads.

Simple advice for learner drivers and young drivers:

  • on-road driving experience helps develop and practice skills like recognising road rules, road conditions and hazards
  • take your time and follow the graduated licensing system
  • ensure you and your passengers always wear a seatbelt
  • be aware of your own ability and limitations.

Find out more about youth road safety(PDF, 825KB)

Seniors road safety

The City's proportion of senior residents has increased over the last five years and this group remains heavily reliant on private transport to maintain independence and quality of life.

Download the Seniors' safe travel guide(PDF, 3MB) booklet

Speeding

Speeding is a major factor in serious and fatal injury crashes on the Gold Coast. On most trips, speeding will save you very little time. Driving at any speed above the posted speed limit is dangerous and illegal.

Speeding includes:

  • driving faster than the legal speed limit
  • driving too fast for current conditions – weather, light, traffic and roads.

Learn more about City of Gold Coast's established 'Drive Safe' community speed awareness program or view our Speeding on the Gold Coast(PDF, 800KB) fact sheet.

Find out more at Street Smarts, a Queensland Government initiative that provides information about road safety.